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Education Legislative Calls to Action from SBOE Barbara Cargill

Date posted: May 21, 2013

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Below is very important information from Barbara Cargill.  Together we can make the difference for our children and grandchildren! 

The legislative session is wrapping up but not before the legislators vote on critical issues in education.  Please get the word out to your groups and contacts and ask them to contact the members of the Education Conference committee.  Scroll past these e-mail addresses for my issues of concern.

 

Here is the full conference committee:

jimmie.aycock@house.state.tx.us

dan.huberty@house.state.tx.us

joe.deshotel@house.state.tx.us

larry.gonzales@house.state.tx.us

eddie.rodriguez@house.state.tx.us

dan.patrick@senate.state.tx.us

tommy.williams@senate.state.tx.us

leticia.vandeputte@senate.state.tx.us

kel.seliger@senate.state.tx.us

robert.duncan@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senate Bill 2, the charter school bill:  The Senate version has taken the SBOE out of the interview process completely.  Since the beginning of charters in Texas, the SBOE has interviewed applicants for charter schools.  We have several meetings that allow the public to testify and voice their thoughts about having a charter school in their area.  Sometimes busloads of kids and adults will come to the board’s meetings in matching t-shirts to show and voice their support for a certain charter applicant.  The process is open and we take this role very seriously.  The Senate version gives this job to the commissioner.  Where will people go to voice their concerns or support?  Having an elected body involved in the selection process is critical as opposed to an appointed commissioner overseeing a small group of employees who will decide (although I like and support our current commissioner wholeheartedly but we must think of the future too).

 

ACTION:  Please call or e-mail the Conference Committee to ask them to support the House version of SB 2 which keeps the role of the SBOE as it is now….in charge of the interview process to select charter schools.

 

HB 5, the Graduation Plan bill:  The following message is the one I have sent to the members of the Conference Committee.

Dear Member of the Education Conference Committee,

I am thankful that you have are serving on the Conference Committee for HB 5.  I have been an educator for over 30 years and serving on the State Board of Education has put me on the leading edge of education issues.  It was a special honor to represent Texas at an education conference recently at Harvard.  The attendees echoed my strong belief that Texas is a leader in preparing its students with a strong academic foundation in high school. 

I am asking you to help maintain the fine reputation that Texas has in the academic world!  Certainly options are a great idea, but preparing students for even more options upon graduation should be an ultimate goal.  Providing them with a well-rounded, strong academic foundation in high school is essential.

Please consider some of my thoughts below. 

I support the 4X4X4X3 for the Foundation graduation plan although I prefer 4 years of social studies.  (That means 4 years of English, 4 years of math, 4 years of science, and 4 years of social studies)

 

There are certain parts of the bill that are very good, but here is the bottom line that still stands out to me: 

 

The Foundation plan (4X3X3X3) is less rigorous than the current 4X4X4X4.  I will support a 4X4X4X3 but am struggling with this.  Which history class will we allow students to skip?  World History?  American History? World Geography? Government or Economics?  They are all vital to a student’s academic foundation. 

 

The Business and Industry endorsement is less rigorous than the current 4X4X4X4. (4X4X4X2, no Alg. II required, takes off 2 years of social studies courses) I especially do not support only 2 years of social studies.

 

The Arts and Humanities endorsement is less rigorous than the current 4X4X4X4. (4X4X3X4, 1 less year of science required)

 

The STEM endorsement course requirements are excellent. They are 4X4X4X4.

Amendment #28 by Sen. Van dePutte is very good and should have passed because it makes total sense. It did not pass but I hope it is brought back in conference.  (Requires a student’s counselor to notify the student that they are not eligible under the business and industry endorsement for top 10%, automatic admission and Texas Grants since this endorsement is the only one that does not require Alg II.)

 

ACTION:  Please contact the Conference Committee members and voice your support for the Foundation graduation plan to include 4 years of English, 4 years of math, 4 years of science, and 3 years of social studies.  Right now both the House and Senate versions require the Foundation Plan to be only 4X3X3X3.

 

If any of the graduation requirements for students who choose an endorsement bother you, please mention that too. For example, dropping the social studies requirement to only 2 years for students who choose the Business/Industry endorsement is unacceptable to me.

 

CSHB 2836, I have already started the process in-house for the SBOE to develop a method to streamline the TEKS. At the April SBOE meeting, I put an item on the Instruction sub-committee to begin developing a prototype for best practices standards. We will continue working on this at future SBOE meetings. 

 

It would be a detriment to form a legislative interim panel to look at this issue because the SBOE already has a sub-committee doing this very thing!   Board members are familiar with how the TEKS are structured and adopted, with the way that assessments are developed, and with the wide-ranging ramifications of arbitrary changes to the standards.

 

ACTION: Please tell legislators not to support CSHB 2836 . (Corrected and Updated)

About HB 1406, the CSCOPE bill:  This bill passed the House today by 2/3s majority vote, so it became immediate law.  I am very pleased about that. Why is it still necessary?

Even though CSCOPE has promised to remove their lesson plans, it is possible that they will continue to offer the assessments.  I have found many problems in the CSCOPE tests.  For example, here is a question on a 4th grade test:

 

Which of the following modifications to the land destroyed habitats and the natural beauty of the East Texas landscape?

A the building of hundreds of oil derricks surrounding the town

B  trucks carrying barrels of oil in and out of the area every day

C  oil spills when gushers came in

D  all of these

There are also questions on a Government test that include these answers (after students study a graph):

“Hispanics tend to approve of Democratic policies; increasing Democratic influence in elections.” Another answer is: “The white population will increase their disinterest in voting participation.” Even if an answer is not the correct answer, the students still have to read the information.  It gets the message out.

Another test question lists the major themes for 4 different speakers at an event.  Speaker 2 is listed as: “My family members have been Democrats for generations, and so am I.  Speakers 1, 3, and 4 are not designated as belonging to a particular party.  Only the Democratic party is mentioned.  This is another example of bias.  

 

Thank you for your part in prompting the grassroots activists of our great state to help with these issues.  Education is near and dear to the hearts of all of us.  We must unite and see these bills through to the very end to ensure that they require what is best for our schoolchildren.

Very sincerely,

Barbara Cargill

Chair, State Board of Education 

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Join us tonight at the Argyle ISD School Board Meeting~ Important Agenda Item~ Funding Region XI Service Center with $58,268.05

Date posted: April 15, 2013

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I hope you will join us tonight at the Argyle School Board meeting at  6:00 pm.

They will be voting to spend $58,268.05 of your Tax dollars on the ESC (Education Service Center) who brought our children CSCOPE.

 

Argyle ISD
Monday, April 15, 2013 6:00 PM
Argyle ISD Board Room, 800 Eagle Drive, Argyle, Texas 76226

What you should know about CSCOPE

So the question is….. Is any of the $58,268.05 going to CSCOPE? 

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Did you know……

There are two different types of philosophies of education; and nearly all educators, curriculum, vendors, organizations, and advocacy groups fall into one of these two categories.  (3.3.13 — “Type #1 and Type #2 — Two Completely Different Philosophies of Education” 

TYPE #1 vs. TYPE #2

 *Donna Garner’s terminology and definitions:

 (1)  Type #1 Philosophy of Education: Knowledge-based, academic, clearly worded, grade-level-specific content that is tested largely through objectively scored tests  — These standards (TEKS) are built from K through Grade 12 and are taught mostly through direct, systematic instruction. The new TEKS adopted by the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education since May 2008 are Type #1, and the new STAAR/End-of-Course tests built upon the new TEKS are Type #1.

 

Type #1 standards could be referred to as the traditional method – the method of teaching that people perhaps 50 years old and older experienced when they were in school.  This included the teaching of phonics, grammar, correct usage/spelling, cursive handwriting, classical literature, expository/persuasive/research writing, the four math functions taught to automaticity, fact-based and discreet courses in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Calculus, U. S. History, World History, Botany, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.   

 

(2) Type #2 Philosophy of Education (adopted in July 1997 and reflected in the TEKS and TAKS) — Project-based, subjective (emphasize cognitive domain – beliefs, opinions, emotions), subjectively assessed based upon the value system of the evaluator — emphasize multiculturalism, political correctness,  environmental extremism, diversity, social justice agenda  — These standards are built backwards from Grade 12 down to K (similar to trying to build a house from the roof down) and are taught mostly using the constructivist (project-based) approach.

 

Type #2 can be seen in Obama’s social justice agenda (i.e., Common Core Standards) that includes an emphasis on subjectivity, feelings, emotions, beliefs, multiculturalism, political correctness, social engineering, globalism, evolution, sexual freedom/contraceptives instead of abstinence, environmental extremism, global warming, victimization, diversity, an acceptance of the normalcy of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender lifestyle, redistribution of wealth, a de-emphasis on — factual knowledge, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founding Fathers, and American exceptionalism.  

Green Yellow and Red

 

Next,  there are also three different types of individuals involved; and we can see this all across America.

The “green” people are those who go-along to get-along; they go with the status quo and are content to follow whatever teaching fad is in vogue at the present time. These people are not bad people but are easily deceived by those who have ulterior motives (e.g., drive-by media, national educator organizations, left-leaning politicians, CSCOPE, Common Core Standards).

 

The “yellow” people are those who are driven by greed, money, power, and fame. Many of these people are vendors, lobbyists, or school employees who look past the egregious content of their products so long as they themselves are benefitting.  Into this group fall some CSCOPE/TESCCC/ESC employees, Thomas Ratliff, Mike Moses, Pat Jacoby, TASA, TASB, etc.

 

The “red” people know exactly what they are doing. They have long-term goals to change America, and they realize that the best way to do this is to indoctrinate this and succeeding generations of school children in their classrooms.  Into this group fall such people as Obama, Arne Duncan, Linda Darling-Hammond, Bill Ayers, the National Education Organization, and many other left-leaners.      

 

Politicians can come in all different colors – green, yellow, and red. Those who blindly follow are green. Those who seek fame, fortune, and/or control for themselves are yellow. Those whose aim is to change America from a capitalist, free-market Republic into a Socialist, Communist, Marxist country are red.  

 

I do not believe that very many of our Texas Legislators fall into the “red” category, but I do believe many of them do fall into the “green” or “yellow” categories.

 

 TEXAS’ NEW TYPE #1 CURRICULUM STANDARDS (TEKS)

 

Here are the links to the TEKS as posted on the official Texas Education Agency website for the four core courses adopted by the SBOE starting in May 2008 through May 2012:

 

ELAR TEKS –http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter110/index.html

SCIENCE TEKS –http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/index.html

SOCIAL STUDIES  TEKS –http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/index.html

MATH TEKS –http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter111/index.html

 

The TEKS (curriculum standards – not curriculum) tell school districts/educators WHAT to teach. It is left up to the local teachers to decide HOW to teach them.

As you look over the TEKS, you will find that most of them are knowledge-based, academic, grade-level-specific for each grade level or each course; and the standards (i.e., elements) are largely measurable. Those were the parameters set by the elected SBOE back in 2005-2006 before they started adopting the new set of TEKS. These specific parameters were set so that the writing teams would be forced into Type #1.

As you scan through the various subjects and grade levels in the new TEKS, please notice the verbs used at the beginning of the standards. The verbs have deliberately been chosen to bring measurability to the standards such as identify, create, interpret, locate, examine, describe, explain, compare, summarize, master, demonstrate, follow, communicate, incorporate, use, apply, evaluate, organize, etc.

This is the Type #1 philosophy of education – no subjectivity, feelings, opinions, etc. The new Type #1 TEKS emphasize academic knowledge – the right answer – instead of the “process.”  This is why school districts that have become totally fixated on constructivist, project-based learning (e.g., CSCOPE districts) are not in alignment with the Type #1 TEKS because the constructivist/project-based  activities glorify the process rather than the right answer.

Can you find any of the new TEKS that say discover, give your opinion, what do you think, etc.?  These are Type #2 verbiage.

(One of our SBOE members made it a habit each time he visited a school district and viewed a technology demonstration or a science experiment of some kind to go up to a student afterwards and ask him to verbally explain what he just proved. The SBOE member said he hardly ever found a student who could actually explain the concepts underlying the demonstration/experiment.)   

Measuring StickBecause of the parameters set by the SBOE for the new TEKS before the writing teams even met, the new Type #1 TEKS elements can be measured on the STAAR/End-of-Course tests largely through objective questions and answers.  Because of these parameters, the constructivist, project-based philosophy of education as seen in CSCOPE does not align well with these new TEKS and explains why the CSCOPE schools did worse on their STAAR/EOC’s than did the non-CSCOPE schools. This also should help us to understand why we must not lose the “measuring stick”  – the STAAR/EOC’s.

If the truth were known, I imagine Pearson really enjoyed producing and then setting up the “answer keys” for the STAAR/EOC tests for Texas because our standards are clear, precise, and measurable.  Producing a test for a “road map” (Type #1) is much easier than producing a test for a “wish list” (Type #2).

 

RESULTS OF TYPE #1

If we want our public school children to learn to read well, we must have Type #1.

If we want them to be able to speak and write English well, then we must have Type #1.

If we want them to be patriotic citizens who revere the Founding Fathers and know and honor the Constitution, then we must have Type #1.

If we want our graduates to be knowledgeable voters who know history and can analyze current events based upon the past and the present, then we must have Type #1.

If we want our public school children to recognize that they and the whole world were created by a Higher Being, then we must have Type #1.

If we want our public school children to know their math facts to automaticity, then we must have Type #1.

If we want our public school children to be able to do well in foreign languages, then we must have Type #1 that teaches the phonetic sound system and grammar/usage in English so that they can apply that to their foreign language learning.  

If we want our public school children to read the great pieces of literature that have connected our country to past generations, then we must have Type #1.

If we want our public school children to have the skills and knowledge they need for college and/or the workplace, then we must have Type #1.

If we want to turn out scientists who are well read, logical, analytical, and who can write down their scientific conclusions, then we must have Type #1.

If we want our graduates to be able to write compositions built upon facts and persuasive techniques, then we must have Type #1.

If we want our high-school students to know how to research a topic and then put that information into well-written text, we must have Type #1.

If we want legislators who are well read and who have a deep understanding of world history/American history/U. S. legal system and how those apply to current events, then we must have Type #1.

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Power of the People!! Republican Win Against Common Core

Date posted: April 13, 2013

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The National Republican Party passed a resolution against Common Core in their platform. Yeah!

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Here is the original draft: 

RESOLUTION CONCERNING COMMON CORE EDUCATION STANDARDS

WHEREAS, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards, promoted and supported by two private membership organizations, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) as a method for conforming American students to uniform (“one size fits all”) achievement goals to make them more competitive in a global marketplace, (1.) and

WHEREAS, the NGA and the CCSSO, received tens of millions of dollars from private third parties to advocate for and develop the CCSS strategy, subsequently created the CCSS through a process that was not subject to any freedom of information acts or other sunshine laws, and never piloted the CCSS, and

WHEREAS, even though Federal Law prohibits the federalizing of curriculum (2.), the Obama Administration accepted the CCSS plan and used 2009 Stimulus Bill money to reward the states that were most committed to the president’s CCSS agenda; but, they failed to give states, their legislatures and their citizens time to evaluate the CCSS before having to commit to them, and

WHEREAS, the NGA and CCSSO in concert with the same corporations developing the CCSS ‘assessments’ have created new textbooks, digital media and other teaching materials aligned to the standards which must be purchased and adopted by local school districts in order that students may effectively compete on CCSS ‘assessments’, and

WHEREAS, the CCSS program includes federally funded testing and the collection and sharing of massive amounts of personal student and teacher data, and

WHEREAS, the CCSS effectively removes educational choice and competition since all schools and all districts must use Common Core ‘assessments’ based on the Common Core standards to allow all students to advance in the school system and to advance to higher education pursuits; therefore be it

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee, as stated in the 2012 Republican Party Platform, “do not believe in a one size fits all approach to education and support providing broad education choices to parents and children at the State and local level,” (p35)(3.), which is best based on a free market approach to education for students to achieve individual excellence; and, be it further

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is– an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived “normal,” and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Republican National Committee rejects the collection of personal student data for any non-educational purpose without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent and that it rejects the sharing of such personal data, without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent, with any person or entity other than schools or education agencies within the state, and be it finally

RESOLVED, the 2012 Republican Party Platform specifically states the need to repeal the numerous federal regulations which interfere with State and local control of public schools, (p36) (3.); and therefore, the Republican National Committee rejects this CCSS plan which creates and fits the country with a nationwide straitjacket on academic freedom and achievement.

References:

1. www.corestandards.org

2.  Federal Law 20 USC 1232a-Sec. 1232a. and The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Pub.L. 89-10, 79 Stat. 27, 20 US.C. ch. 70.

http://us-code.vlex.com/vid/prohibition-against-federal-control-19195093

3.  http://www.gop.com/rnc_counsel/

 

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Operation ~ Educate Your Local School Board

Date posted: April 11, 2013

Calling on Moms, Dads, Grandparents and local tax paying citizens to reach out and educate their local school board members on the real impact of  Type 2 Collectivist Common Core  philosophy of education that is indoctrinating instead of educating our children.   

Seek TruthThe reason we do not want Type 2 Collectivist  is because it is a philosophy of education that has been proven to hurt our children and is dangerous to our nation.  See below for proof. In Texas we now know that CSCOPE is indeed a Type 2 Common Core that came in the back door. Please read CSCOPE – How Did Texas Get Here?
 
The easiest way to understand it is using Donna Garner’s description.  Traditional Type 1 and Collectivist Type 2 philosophy’s of education are currently in a battle over the hearts and minds of our children. Type 2 is spreading across our nation very quickly and many are being deceived. 
 
Type 1 is the method of teaching that people perhaps 50 years old and older experienced when they were in school.  This included the teaching of phonics, grammar, correct usage/spelling, cursive handwriting, classical literature, expository/persuasive/research writing, the four math functions taught to automaticity, fact-based and discreet courses in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Calculus, U. S. History, World History, Botany, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.   
 
Type 2 Philosophy of Education — Project-based, subjective (emphasize cognitive domain – beliefs, opinions, emotions), subjectively assessed based upon the value system of the evaluator — emphasize multiculturalism, political correctness,  environmental extremism, diversity, social justice agenda  — These standards are built backwards from Grade 12 down to K (similar to trying to build a house from the roof down) and are taught mostly using the constructivist (project-based) approach. 
 
What are the RESULTS OF TYPE #1 
 
  • If we want our public school children to learn to read well, we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want them to be able to speak and write English well, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want them to be patriotic citizens who revere the Founding Fathers and know and honor the Constitution, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our graduates to be knowledgeable voters who know history and can analyze current events based upon the past and the present, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our public school children to know their math facts to automaticity, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our public school children to be able to do well in foreign languages, then we must have Type #1 that teaches the phonetic sound system and grammar/usage in English so that they can apply that to their foreign language learning.

 

  • If we want our public school children to read the great pieces of literature that have connected our country to past generations, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our public school children to have the skills and knowledge they need for college and/or the workplace, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want to turn out scientists who are well read, logical, analytical, and who can write down their scientific conclusions, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our graduates to be able to write compositions built upon facts and persuasive techniques, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our high-school students to know how to research a topic and then put that information into well-written text, we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want legislators who are well read and who have a deep understanding of world history/American history/U. S. legal system and how those apply to current events, then we must have Type #1.

 

Your childs educationWhat are the results of Type 2 Progressive Education used in CSCOPE and Common Core

It is has been proven that the developers of Common Core Type 2 philosophy namely Linda Darling Hammond have a history of failure in education. Charter Extension Denied to Low-Scoring Stanford School
 
Even education experts on the left have been writing and warning about the failure of people like Linda Darling Hammond. From Witney Tilson 
“Obama’s disappointing choice of Linda Darling-Hammond to be one of his education advisors
As an Obama supporter, I was very disappointed to learn that he recently picked Linda Darling-Hammond to be one of his education policy advisors.”
Normally, a low-quality charter school being denied a full extension of its charter isn’t worth of a STOP THE PRESSES, but this isn’t just any charter school: it’s the one started by Stanford’s School of Education (where my father earned a doctorate, by the way) and, in particular, Linda Darling-Hammond, author of the infamous Teach for America. LDH (along with Ravitch, Meier, and Kozol) is among the best known of your typical ed school, loosey-goosey, left-wing, politically correct, ivory tower, don’t-confuse-me-with-the-facts-my-mind’s-made-up, disconnected-from-reality critics of genuine school reform.  (Forgive my bluntness, but I can’t stand ideological extremists of any persuasion, especially when kids end up getting screwed.)
 
As you can tell from Obama supporter Whitney Tilson  is not happy with this failure in education of American children. 
 
The clear reason not to use Type 2 Collectivist Common Core philosophy  is that the developers of common core have a record of failure while traditional methods of education have a history of American exceptionalism it is that simple.  

 

 

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The SBOE CSCOPE Review Process needs YOU!

Date posted:

CSCOPE Review

This is a call for Texas Citizens who care about what our children are learning- be on the CSCOPE review teams across Texas.

Interested citizens may submit a nomination form through April 29.  The CSCOPE Ad Hoc Committee expects to make committee assignments in May. The review panels would then work June 3-16 to review the material.

Click here to see the CSCOPE review timeline.

State Board of Education – CSCOPE

The State Board of Education has launched its review of CSCOPE, a curriculum which has been a lightning rod for controversy for content that is alleged to erode fundamental American values, devalue Christianity and favor Islam. The State Board of Education will be seeking public participation in the review process, beginning with review team member nominations which open this week.

“We are committed to a vigorous, thorough, transparent and fair review process,” says District 10 SBOE Member Tom Maynard (R-Florence) who is a member of the ad hoc committee appointed by SBOE chair Barbara Cargill to coordinate the CSCOPE review process. Maynard also chairs the board’s Committee on Instruction.

The board will use the same criteria to evaluate CSCOPE content as it does traditional textbooks.

CSCOPE is an online program that assists districts in aligning curriculum with state standards. In question are the more than 1,600 model lesson plans called “exemplar lessons” and the accompanying tests.

The review process will begin with social studies.

“We anticipate the appointment of 14 review teams to tackle the 431 social studies lessons and assessments, which range from kindergarten to 12th grade government,” Maynard says.

“We want a broad cross-section of parents, teachers, content experts and other stakeholders involved in the process, which will begin in early June and finish in late July,” he says.

The Texas Education Agency will open the nomination system for reviewers on Tuesday, April 9. Interested parties can access the nomination form from the State Board of Education page of the Texas Education Agency website. The application deadline is April 29.

 

Steps in the Nomination and Review Process 

 

Step 1:  The public will be notified about the nomination process.  Nominees must fill out an application document and submit a current resume.  The administrator sends the nominees’ applications and resumes to the SBOE member that represents their district.

 

Step 2:  SBOE members may submit nominations for the review panels to include parents, classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, school administrators, and other stakeholders in Texas education.  SBOE members should ensure that nominations represent at least 4 different grade levels.  SBOE members should list nominations in priority order.  The Ad Hoc committee will make every effort to see that there is fair representation for all board members who submit nominations.   

 

Step 3:  The Ad Hoc committee reviews the applications and recommends to the SBOE Chair nominees to each review panel. Each review panel will have 3-9 members based upon the recommendations of the Ad Hoc committee.

 

Step 4:  From each Panel, one Facilitator is selected by the Chair of the Ad Hoc committee. This person serves as the coordinator of the meetings of that particular panel, reports to the Committee as needed and facilitates the report coming from that panel.

 

Step 5:  The Ad Hoc committee charges the review panels to review the instructional content in CSCOPE in accordance with the guidelines set by the SBOE Chair with input from the Ad Hoc committee.    

 

Step 6:  Individual reviews, once they are complete, will be sent to the review panel facilitator by a date determined by the Ad Hoc committee.  The facilitators will compile a review panel report and send the review panel documents to the administrator.

 

Step 7:  The Ad Hoc committee will receive the reports from the administrator; the reports will also be sent to the SBOE and the CSCOPE governing body.  The review panel reports will be posted on line for the public. 

 

Step 8:  The CSCOPE governing body will consider the feedback of the review panel members and determine how to use those comments to improve the lesson content offered by CSCOPE.

 

Step 9:  The CSCOPE governing body will report back to the Ad Hoc committee 

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  • If we want our public school children to learn to read well, we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want them to be able to speak and write English well, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want them to be patriotic citizens who revere the Founding Fathers and know and honor the Constitution, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our graduates to be knowledgeable voters who know history and can analyze current events based upon the past and the present, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our public school children to recognize that they and the whole world were created by a Higher Being, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our public school children to know their math facts to automaticity, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our public school children to be able to do well in foreign languages, then we must have Type #1 that teaches the phonetic sound system and grammar/usage in     English so that they can apply that to their foreign language learning.  

 

  • If we want our public school children to read the great pieces of literature that have connected our country to past generations, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our public school children to have the skills and knowledge they need for college and/or the workplace, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want to turn out scientists who are well read, logical, analytical, and who can write down their scientific conclusions, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our graduates to be able to write compositions built upon facts and persuasive techniques, then we must have Type #1.

 

  • If we want our high-school students to know how to research a topic and then put that information into well-written text, we must have Type #1.If we want legislators who are well read and who have a deep understanding of world history/American history/U. S. legal system and how those apply to current events, then we must have Type #1.

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